Day 5: January 5, 2008- The Cleanest

Day 5: January 5, 2008- The Cleanest
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Image by ashley.adcox
Look at me.
Can you tell,
By the way I move and do my hair?
Do you think that it’s me,
Or is it not me?
I don’t even care.
I’m alive, I don’t smell.
I’m the cleanest I have ever been.

My stomach hurts now,
And all tied off in lace.
I pray, beg, for anything to hit me in the face.
And this sickness isn’t me.
I pray to fall from grace.
The last thing I see is feeling.
-The Used: "I’m A Fake"

So today was a longer version of yesterday. (or maybe it was shorter, really). I’ve slept about 36 of the last 48 hours…and it still leaves me feeling exhausted. A shower was the most eventful thing of my day.

I slept through going to get my little cousins birthday gift, and then I slept through his 3rd birthday party. I also missed the amazing 48 degree weather we’re experiencing. I’m feeling slightly worn down in every possible way. Bottoming out is not fun…at all. But oh well…things will change eventually.

Maybe tomorrow…

(…and yes- I was clothed when I took this-tank top, you just can’t see it because of how my arms are held lol. nothing controversial here :-p)

…edit…the more I look at this, the more I see the girl from The Ring…and that’s kind of creepy lol

a grand hair-well

a grand hair-well
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Image by RubyT (I come here for cameraderie)
There is so much homework these days they both decided to get haircuts so their hair would be easier to take care of.


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Image by marimbajlamesa

Leda captured by Gwen Aloix (interview with SL Photographers Series)

Leda captured by Gwen Aloix (interview with SL Photographers Series)
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Image by Leda Carter
Meet SL Photographer & Designer: Gwen Aloix

I have had the hardest time deciding which section this interview belongs in. That’s because Gwen Aloix is a jack of all trades! Her clothing line is beautifully made; she creates gorgeous skin; and lastly, but not the least, her photography makes you fall in love with your own avatar. As many of you, I check out Flickr streams often for either finding a new face on the scene to watch their development & growth, or established photographers who inspire us with their art and talent. I stumbled on Gwen’s Flickr about a year ago and was simply mesmerized by all work. I am not a fan of morph pictures – if I want an RL photograph, I will just make one. What I love about Gwen’s photography is that she makes the avatar come to life fully, without tricking us to think we are looking at a photograph from RL.

I was fortunate enough to find Gwen in between projects and with some time to spare so that I could introduce her to our readers. I arrived at Gwen’s studio a bit discombobulated because I was running late. She could not have been sweeter to put me at ease, and also help me prepare for the photo shoot. One reason I like to have a photo shoot as an interview session is that you get to experience the photographers in their element. Gwen was a joy, as you will read. Another reason, and perhaps a more important one, is that to have the same avatar photographed by different photographers makes their style more visible because you will be comparing apples to apples in a way. It also adds an element of fun to see how the deal with my often insane hairs.

Leda Carter: Thank you so much for your time, Gwen. I have told you before that I admire your work. Although, your flickr stream starts around 2012. Tell us about your photography journey.
Gwen Aloix: I have liked photography and drawing forever! I don’t remember when it was that I began to take pictures and edit them. I used to take photos of my Second Life friends, until one day someone recommended that I blog my work, so that everyone could see it. That’s when I created an account on flickr.

Leda: How did you find out about SL?
Gwen: My boyfriend introduced me to SL! I played the sims, but wanted something better, with online users where avatars could meet other people, chat and create a community. To be honest, at first, I was disappointed, because I did not know how it worked. Also, people thought I was an alt of someone, and would not help me. After four months, I decided to try again. I met a girl who was very nice, and introduced me to how I could enjoy SL. Today, I can say it has been better than my expectations.

Leda: Did you face particular challenges in becoming a pro photographer?
Gwen: Well, I really didn’t have challenges. I always did pictures for my friends, and people would ask them who made the picture. So, they started coming to me to do their photos, and along the way I gained more experience too.

When I started on Flickr, I saw many SL photographs. One of my main inspirations came from the work of Graphic-Dix! I was in love with all his pictures. It was what motivated me to want to learn more and more about image editing! I started watching tutorials, searching techniques and practicing, until I discovered my own style.

Leda: Yes, you certainly have your own style. Speaking of style, you have started your own clothing and skin line. How did that come about?
Gwen: With skins, it was something I had to learn, since I always wanted a custom skin, a unique face, but no one really did that. So, I had to learn so that I could have my avatar the way I wanted it. I looked for a tutorial online and started working on it! When my friends started asking me to make skins for them, I decide to open a store. It was basically the same thing with clothes!! *laughs*

Leda: Does that mean your designs reflect your personal taste?
Gwen: When I started to make clothes for my first store (called Lapin Rose), I just made things for me. I didn’t really care if everyone like it or not! *laughs* But, now with lowen, I do try to see what people are looking for, waiting for, and I try to make them but still in my own taste. If I don’t like something, I never make it.

Leda: Who is Gwen’s typist? Does she have fashion or photography experience?
Gwen: I am 22 years old and from Brazil, with Indian, Italian and German heritage. I have always been a curious person, and try to learn and do everything by myself. Oh, and my astrological sign is Cancer! *smiles*

I work as fashion producer & stylist for a local TV station here. I am the one they call to dress up actors and do their makeup when they are making TV commercials. In addition, I started learning to be a graphic designer, and today I do both of those things! I am very lucky to have the work I love to do. Like I said, I always love to draw, paint, do pictures, and all that. So, sometimes, when I have made a drawing, I put in PS and try to paint. In the beginning, I used to use a mouse, but the paint that comes with that is so horrible!

Anyways, I have worked with absolutely everything in the fashion world – from makeup artist to model. So, the life in SL is something I have always been involved with in RL.

Leda: What are some of the other things you enjoy about SL?
Gwen: I am a very shy person, and when I moved from my hometown, I felt a little lonely without my childhood friends. In SL, I have made some very good friends, and have met some of them in RL too! Besides the friendships I have formed, SL gives me the freedom to express myself, to create what I want, and that is really cool.

Leda: It is really cool! What is also cool is that you have shared yourself with us here. Thank you so much for your time. And, I have to tell you that I love seeing Leda through your eyes. That’s a beautiful piece of work! Thank you.